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Shortening the swing

Discussion in 'Hacker's Anonymous' started by Splunge, Sep 6, 2019.

  1. Splunge

    Splunge Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    As some of you know I’ve changed irons recently. And I’ve changed to ones that are significantly less forgiving than my previous set. So recently my inconsistency with my distances I have self diagnosed as a problem with hitting the middle of the club face. So yesterday at the range I started making shorter swings at the exact same tempo that I normally play it. I have been hitting the middle of the club face much more consistently, and taking much truer distance values. Shaving off only about 5 yards off my max distance. Anyone here playing a similar type of game, Shorter swing but increase consistency?

    Thankfully for me I drive the ball far enough to not be bashful about how short I hit my irons. Love to hear your guys input.
     
  2. eclark53520

    eclark53520 DB Member Extraordinaire Supporting Member

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    I've been doing basically this for years. I only ever take what I consider a 3/4 swing with any irons.

    I found the same thing as you did. Better contact, more consistent contact, and with that comes better average shots with far better ball flight and spin. So my max distance with each club went down, but I'm positive my average distance went up and my dispersion was drastically reduced.

    At first I had to constantly think about 3/4 swing with irons. Gradually it got better and better and now I don't think about it at all...I just automatically go to 3/4 position and let her rip.

    This was one of the best things I ever did for my overall scoring.
     
  3. Splunge

    Splunge Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Right, I never felt like I was swinging hard even with my prior swing, it was just too long. I still felt like I had a 3/4 swing, but it was still full length. Now I’m starting to realize that it’s much more important to shorten my backswing and focus on better contact. Hopefully I’ll be getting higher spin and a bit higher flight out of the ball. As it stands right now I can barely hold a 9i within like 5 yards of where it pitches down, the spin is good but my flight is too low.
     
  4. Fairwaysplitter3320

    Fairwaysplitter3320 Recovering Equipment Ho...off the wagon again. Staff Member Admin

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    I try and do the same thing, especially when I start chunking or thinning iron shots.
     
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    warbirdlover Ender of all threads Supporting Member

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    Same here. 3/4 swing.
     
  6. anonymous golfaholic

    anonymous golfaholic Refusing Recovery Supporting Member

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    You guys got it all wrong. Why hit a 3/4 pitching wedge when you can hood a sw and stomp on the gas?! Your man card is more important than your score card!
     
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    PaPaD Club ho, geezer........ Supporting Member

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    All my swings are 3/4 of what they used to be...................
     
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    anonymous golfaholic Refusing Recovery Supporting Member

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    Just because your shaft isn't stiff doesn't mean you can't get it in the hole. :D
     
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    anonymous golfaholic Refusing Recovery Supporting Member

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    My son took a video of Tiger during a practice round. This is the top of his backswing with a 5 iron. 1570039465658.

    /topic
     
  10. anonymous golfaholic

    anonymous golfaholic Refusing Recovery Supporting Member

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    8 year olds like this kid would laugh at this thread! 1570329439454.
     
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    anonymous golfaholic Refusing Recovery Supporting Member

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    He is 11 now and is a lot more conservative. 1570329539246.
     
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    Fairwaysplitter3320 Recovering Equipment Ho...off the wagon again. Staff Member Admin

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    Go big young buck!
     
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